‘Cathy’ was referred by her school to the E-Learning Service in year 10 because of poor attendance due to M.E. A clear plan was negotiated with school, Cathy and her family to allow her to approach GCSEs in a staggered way, completing English Language with e-learning in year 10 (gaining a C grade) and moving on to study English Literature & Science via e-learning in year 11 alongside 3 GCSE subjects at school.
‘Aaron’ has ASD and did e-learning whilst attending a Special School. As the school offered only Maths and English teaching, the E-Learning Service was asked to provide lessons in Science for him. He achieved an A grade in his GCSE Science exam having studied this subject only with the Service.
‘Kevin’ was referred in year 8 when Diabetes prevented him from attending school full-time. E-Learning was put in place as a ‘back-up’ for days when he was too ill to travel. Work was set according to the Board and Syllabus of the school with topics directed by its staff members.
‘Becky’ suffered from mental health problems for many of her teenage years and was hospitalised for long periods of KS4. As a consequence, she missed out on GCSEs in years 10 and 11 but was awarded exceptional funding so that she could re-sit year 11. She remained on school roll but accessed her lessons from home in order to take GCSE exams in the summer.
‘Barny’ was referred as a primary student when his chronic medical condition prevented him from attending school; this led to increased anxiety for him. E-Learning provided him with on-going education and the reassurance of continued good progress for Barny and his family.
‘Zoe’ was excluded from one school and referred for e-learning as part of an alternative curriculum by her new school. The new start enabled her to cover the gaps needed in her learning and to complete 3 GCSE s before starting an Access to Teaching course at college.
‘Steven’ was referred for e-learning in year 11 because illness prevented him attending school. Keen to go to College to study Computing, he studied Maths, English and Computer Science with the Service achieving the required grades for a College place the following year.
‘Leah’ suffers from acute anxiety which prevents her from attending school. In addition to studying the core subjects with the Service, she is doing lessons in History and Business Studies in preparation for GCSE entries this summer.
‘Josh’ is a high functioning student with ASD. He attends an alternative provision education centre but is unable to follow his passion for Chemistry as this is not offered at the Centre. As a result, he studies Chemistry with the E-Learning Service with support from the Centre staff.